New USAID Award Funds Partnerships for Effective, Accountable Local Governance

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Friday, July 15, 2022

USAID announces the signing of a five-year, $21 million program that facilitates more effective and accountable local governance in support of Georgia’s ongoing decentralization reforms.

The USAID Local Governance Program recognizes the potential of elected officials and civil servants to more effectively manage service provision and to ensure that local governments are accountable to members of their community. It also prioritizes the role of local civil society and citizen engagement in decision-making at the local level.

“One innovation in our award is the inclusion of members of sakrebulos, in addition to executive agencies. By supporting sakrebulo members to better perform their oversight function, we help to make local government more people-centered. As elected officials, they are well placed to see that resources of local governments are used in ways that align with the priorities of local residents,” said USAID Acting Mission Director Clare Masson.

USAID designed this program to support Georgia’s Local Government Decentralization Strategy. Specifically, USAID will select 22 municipalities using objective criteria to receive targeted assistance. In each municipality, both sakrebulos and local executive agencies will receive tailored, in-depth assistance to improve inclusive governance and provide the services that citizens need to enhance their quality of life and create economic growth opportunities in their communities. In addition, USAID will offer grants to local civil society organizations, private businesses, youth, and other individuals in these municipalities to empower them to engage with local governments and participate in decision-making and government accountability.

To ensure that municipalities have the support they need from the national level, USAID will also engage with central government entities with key responsibilities for decentralization, including: the Parliament, the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Finance, the State Audit Office, the Civil Service Bureau, and the National Statistics Office.

This new $21 million investment by the American people, through USAID, in Georgia’s local government is just the latest example of the 30-year U.S.-Georgian partnership. Over this period, the U.S. government has provided nearly $6 billion to Georgia. The USAID Local Government Program is implemented in partnership with TetraTech, Inc.

 

 

Last updated: July 15, 2022

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